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FBI Louisville: No Credible Threat Against Kentucky Schools

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FBI Louisville said on Wednesday morning there is no additional information involving a widely-reported vague social media threat made against Kentucky schools, but reiterates "there is no credible threat against Kentucky schools." 

That's according to FBI Louisville spokesperson Timothy Beam on Wednesday morning.

State officials alerted school districts, who, in turn, sent letters to parents, prompting some to express concern about sending their children to school on Wednesday. 

The Murray Independent School District sent a letter Tuesday night saying the Kentucky Education Commissioner and the Kentucky Center for School Safety notified them of an unspecified internet threat against schools in the commonwealth on August 28. Superintendent Coy Samons said there has been no threat specifically to the district. He said law enforcement is investigating the matter and has not found evidence the threat has credibility. 

Other schools districts have issued similar statements. Christian County Schools said the Facebook threat comes from a foreign country and is generalized and unsubstantiated. The district said they would remain alert and vigilant.

A letter from Commissioner Wayne Lewis to schools said news reports in Arkansas warned of a possible “school shooting threat” on August 28. The letter quotes a statement from FBI Louisville: 

FBI Louisville is aware of an unspecified internet threat against schools in Kentucky (08/28) and Arkansas (08/29). There is no evidence indicating this threat is credible. However, if you see something suspicious online or in person, contact local law enforcement or the FBI.

Matt Markgraf joined the WKMS team as a student in January 2007. He's served in a variety of roles over the years: as News Director March 2016-September 2019 and previously as the New Media & Promotions Coordinator beginning in 2011. Prior to that, he was a graduate and undergraduate assistant. He is currently the host of the international music show Imported on Sunday nights at 10 p.m.
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